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Cotto vs. Pacquiao: Manny Will be fighting a war with a popgun

By Manuel Perez: I see Manny Pacquiao getting the living daylights beaten out of him on November 14th by WBA welterweight champion Miguel Cotto in their fight at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas. Pacquiao may or may not have gone soft on us – we’ll find that out next month on November 14th – but he hasn’t exactly been setting the world on fire by facing an overrated Ricky Hatton and a shot Oscar De La Hoya.

But what I believe we have here is a good old fashioned case of overreach on the part of Pacquiao. He’s faced an old, weight drained and badly shot Oscar De La Hoya and beaten him, and then Pacquiao has beaten Ricky Hatton, who looked as played out as an old dried up oil well at the time that Pacquiao fought him.

The wins, great money makers both of them for Pacquiao, give the impression that Pacquiao is nearly unbeatable. Who knows? He may be, but unless we see Pacquiao in against the very best, we have no way of knowing for sure.

Now we get to see Pacquiao in with a fighter that is still at the top of his game and not shot. Well, Cotto is a little diminished from his beating at the hands of the tough Mexican Antonio Margarito last year, but he’s still fighting at around 80% of what he was in the past. That should be enough for Cotto to get by Pacquiao.

Boxing fans needlessly are gushing over Pacquiao right now, praising how fast he is and this and that. He’s fast but he probably doesn’t have enough power at welterweight. Pacquiao is strong at the smaller weights. De La Hoya said himself that Pacquiao doesn’t punch hard. I have to believe an old champion like De La Hoya. He’s a great warrior and he’s telling it like it is. Pacquiao is fast, De La Hoya says, but he doesn’t seem to hit that hard from what I’ve seen of him.

So all Cotto has to worry about is landing his own big shots and don’t waste time worrying about getting hit by Pacquiao. He’s not the knockout threat that all these people are proclaiming him to be and fans will see that next month when he gets handled. I think Cotto is going to take Pacquiao to the wood shed and give him a terrible beating.

I think Pacquiao is going to be physical wreck by the time Cotto’s gets through with him. You ever seen someone that was in a bad car wreck? You know, with the bloody face, sideways nose, lips all busted up and teeth littering the car. This is how I see Pacquiao ending up by the time that Cotto gets through with him next month. Oh, it will be sad to see Pacquiao beaten so badly. I just hope it doesn’t go on too long. I hate when the referees allow one-sided fights to go too long causing a fighter to get needlessly pummeled for no good reason.


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